Presently we are constructing a computerized
database of country profiles that include the most recent data on
demographics, cardiovascular mortality, morbidity, risk factors, and the
organization and provision of related health services. Our priority with the
data is to describe the situation on a national level. Where data are
available on a provincial/state or local level they are included
secondarily. The source for each data item is identified and relevant
comments, particularly concerning methodology, are also included.
We are not in a position to assure the
accuracy of each data item. We anticipate that authorities, especially in
each respective country will advise us of necessary corrections or
We do not conduct surveys to collect
data, nor draw any inferences or conclusions from the data. One of our goals
is to stimulate surveillance in countries or provinces/states that currently
do not have cardiovascular epidemiologic data.
Although our priority is to present the
most recent data available, we hope to continue to build the database
thereby permitting the display of multi-year trends. We are also developing
a thematic mapping display of the data. Any ideas for improvement as well as
for future development will be appreciated.